Archiv für August 2011

Berlin Zeichnet

31. August 2011 - 13:41 Uhr

Berliner Luft inspiriert …

Spätestens seit dem Fall der Mauer zieht Berlin Künster an. Eine Metropole voller Gegensätze und Brüche mit einer turbulenten Vergangenheit und einer ebenso kontroversen wie aufregenden Gegenwart.

Die Wanderausstellung „Berlin zeichnet“ ist noch bis zum 11. September im Kunstfoyer der Versicherungskammer Bayern, Maximilianstraße 53 geöffnet und unbedingt sehenswert.


Brigitte Waldach (Brids V) 2008


Ralf Ziervogel


Jorinde Voigt

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As time flows

25. August 2011 - 22:55 Uhr

Ferrofluid as innovative material technology within wristwatch design:

Ferrofluid watch / Karim Zanouai

Ferrofluid watch / Karim Zanouai

View Video: Ferrowatch

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New trend: Immateriality

25. August 2011 - 22:27 Uhr

There are loads and loads of cool and interesting materials outside. But hitherto the perception of a metrial was determined by it`s visual substantial appearance.
This now seems slowly to change as there are increasing numbers of different approaches towards making materials invisble.
And it is not only Harry Potters invisbility cloak which was inspiration…

Since 2009 there is an increasing number of design and concepts targeting the topic of immateriality.

Maybe as an antagonism to the material overload of these days?
Or a result of the dimishing living space in growing cities?

in any case – worth to keep an eye on!



Movie: Invisible textile

Fade-out Chair / Nendo 2009

Fade-out Chair / Nendo 2009


Slim Chair / Davide Conti 2010

Slim Chair / Davide Conti 2010


Transparent Frames / Nendo 2011

Transparent Frames / Nendo 2011


Movie: The invisible Iphone

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Mozart Guerra’s Sculptures

25. August 2011 - 17:53 Uhr



Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1962, Mozart studied architecture at University Federal of Pernambuco and obtained his degree in 1986. He worked as a set designer for theatre, cinema, and TV in Brazil while developing in parallel his work as a sculptor.

The past years Mozart Guerra managed to churn out amazingly life-like sculptures using a special technique: styrofoam covered with coloured nylon ropes, and mainly revolve around monkeys, and wild animals.


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Fernando Romero (Architect)

22. August 2011 - 15:59 Uhr

Fernando Romero Interview (designboom)

fernando romero was born mexico city, 1971. he studied architecture at the universidad iberoamericana (mexico city), graduating in 1995.

romero worked with rem koolhaas at OMA in rotterdam from 1997-2000, notably as head project leader on the winning proposal for the concert casa da musica, porto, portugal (1999).

upon returning to mexico he started the LAR (laboratory of architecture) in 2000, which was renamed FREE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE) in 2011.


the work of FREE has been recognized by numerous organizations and award schemes world-wide some of which include: the bauhaus award for ‚villa s‘ (2005) the sara prize (society of american registered architects) for ‚ixtapa house‘ (2005) the red dot award: ‚best of the best‘ for ‚bridging teahouse‘ (2006) young architects award granted by the mexican society of architects (2009)


fernando romero has been an invited professor at columbia  university, new york, is a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), and is also a member of the Mexican Chamber of  Architects (CAMSAM). he has published several books that reflect  his vision of architecture: ‚translation‘ and ‚hyperborder‘ and ’simplexity‘.


FREE projects are currently spread between its offices in mexico city and new york, where romero aims to foster collaborations and partnerships among individuals and organizations, and materialize ideas into projects that will enhance people’s living conditions and environment.


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BMW: Mobilitätsprojekt „i“

20. August 2011 - 08:31 Uhr

Ein neuer Werkstoff, ein neues Technik-Konzept, eine neue Formensprache: Mit zwei ersten Modellstudien zum grünen Mobilitätsprojekt „i“ hat BMW die Ökokarten neu gemischt. 2013 beginnt die Serienfertigung.



Im Zuge der als Project i gestarteten Mobilitätsoffensive bleibt kein Stein auf dem anderen. Statt Metall ist Kohlefaser der dominierende Werkstoff, statt an der Zapfsäule holen sich das i3 Megacity Vehicle und das i8 Hybrid-Coupé ihre Energie aus dem Stromnetz, statt mit dem markentypischen Standardantrieb glänzt jedes i-Derivat mit einer maßgeschneiderten Antriebslösung, statt herkömmlicher Vertriebs- und Anwendungsmuster kommen zeitgemäße Konzepte wie Carsharing, Vernetzung mit anderen Verkehrsmitteln und Navi mit Parkraumanzeige zum Einsatz.

Bereits 2009 gründete BMW ein Joint Venture mit SGL Carbon, einem damals wenig bekannten Zulieferer und Materialspezialisten. Mit einem Erstaufwand von 100 Millionen Euro entstand in der Folge ein Werk in Amerika, wo jenes schwarze Gold produziert wird, aus dem Karosseriestruktur und Anbauteile gebacken werden. Das als Gelege bezeichnete Kohlefaser-Werkstück durchläuft in der Entstehung sieben Arbeitsgänge: Zuschneiden des einfach strukturierten Vlieses oder des komplexeren Stacks, Vor- oder Umformen unter Zuhilfenahme von Wärme, Stanzen, Konfektionieren (unter Umständen in mehreren Schritten), Harzen, Härten, Beschneiden (meist mit Wasser aus Hochdruckdüsen).

Weil in der Vergangenheit ein Monocoque aus Karbon nur für teure Sportwagen wie Bugatti, Ferrari oder McLaren als bezahlbar galt, wurde die Project-i-Rezeptur von der Konkurrenz anfangs als unrealistisch belächelt. Doch als 2010 die ersten Eckdaten bekannt wurden, schrillten nicht nur in Ingolstadt und Stuttgart die Alarmglocken.


Revolutionäres Modulkonzept

BMW hat aus dem Stand zudem ein revolutionäres Modulkonzept geschaffen, das vom 3,50 Meter kurzen Stadtwagen bis zum 250 km/h schnellen Sportcoupé praktisch die gesamte Fahrzeugpalette abdeckt. Revolutionär deshalb, weil die i-Modelle nur zwischen 1250 (i3) und 1480 Kilo (i8) wiegen, weil mit der Heckmotormatrix der kleineren Varianten auch fahrdynamisches Neuland betreten wird, und weil mit dem LifeDrive-Konzept erstmals der Verbund aus Karbonkarosse (Life) und Alu-Chassis (Drive) gelungen ist.

Quelle: SZ online

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Catrography Art

17. August 2011 - 11:28 Uhr

Ingrid Dabringer Puts the „Art“ in Cartography

Ingrid Dabringer reinterprets the vagaries of plate tectonics as portraits and dancers with a vaguely fauvist flavor. She recently shared her creative process with the Huffington Post (their Travel section, no less): „I’m constantly pulling focus with my eyes. Sometimes I focus on the color, other times topography, other times black lines or colored lines or the landmass. I also let my eyes go blurry and focus sort of behind or in front of the map. Once I sift out a contour I don’t lose it. In the end, I see all of the separate elements all together.“


In addition to the autobiographical or otherwise narrative facet of her work, Dabringer also draws on the existentialist notion of meaning and becoming:Humans have an insatiable need to find meaning—even from that which is fleeting or random. The more meaning we assign, the more we triangulate our location within ourselves and our communities.The figures found within the lines of the maps illustrate this quest for meaning. The distortions make the images appear to be „in process“—of becoming, enduring, finding, reacting—our thirst for narrative is both quenched and piqued. We all move about on our own maps—in real time and space—as we become, endure, find, react—our life takes shape and we interpret our meaning.“



The artist’s statement in her Etsy profile is rather more poetic:

„as humans we cannot help find meaning
where there is possibly none
these maps are both profound and meaningless
kinda neat
just my attempt at triangulating our presence
here on earth“


Ingrid Dabringer on Etsy


Ingrid Dabringer Puts the „Art“ in Cartography

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up and running!

12. August 2011 - 08:21 Uhr
designaffairs shanghai

designaffairs shanghai

new signs have arrived and are just being polished, because:

today the first clients of designaffais shanghai will be visiting us!

whoop whoop!

all the best from china,


by the way: blogging is not really appreciated by the great firewall…hope the picture gets through.

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A Google Earth Puzzle

10. August 2011 - 14:21 Uhr

„Looking at the world through via Google Earth offers striking images of the diversity of our planet and the impact that humans have had on it.“


(Lake Malata-Lake Greenly Complex in South Australia)


(Neighborhood of King’s Point, west of Delray Beach, Florida)


(A roadway crossing Syvash Lake, part of Sea of Azov, Ukraine)


(Red Deer River, in the badlands of central Alberta, Canada)


(A Saudi neighborhood, about 16km southwest of Riyadh)

Where in the World? A Google Earth Puzzle

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Hybrid-human Tire Sculptures

10. August 2011 - 14:05 Uhr

„korean artist yong ho ji has expanded his ‚mutant mythos‘ series, continuing to create sculptures with layers of used tire strips
bound together by synthetic resins on supporting frames of steel, wood, or styrofoam. examining genetically modified organisms
and darwin’s evolutionary theory, this body of work depicts eight stages of transformation in the tradition of classical sculpture:
carnivorous, herbivorous and omnivorous animals, anthropods, fish, hybrid animals, hybrid humans, and finally humans.

having grown up at the base of a large mountain in korea, ji adopted tires as his signature material based on a childhood memory
of the spare wheel on his family’s jeep, vital in the rural landscape where his grandmother raised cattle and other livestock.
this early exposure to both domesticated and wild animals informed his desire to make art about humanity’s responsibility to nature,
via subject matter as well as recycled materials.“

‚wolf man 1‘ (hybrid human) by yong ho ji
130 x 240 x 180 cm
used tires, steel, synthetic resin

‚man 1‘ (human)
90 x 100 x 180 cm
used tires, steel, synthetic resin


‚bull man 4‘ (hybrid human)
100 x 150 x 200 cm
used tires, steel, synthetic resin


Yong Ho Ji: Hybrid-human Tire Sculptures

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